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Top 10 Guide to Shopping Anna Maria Island and Beyond

There are many fun little stores, boutiques, specialty shops and outfitters to explore for shopping on Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island does not offer large retailers or department stores. It is a really unique and charming shopping experience. In many of the shops you’ll be greeted by friendly shop owners and locals.  They are all willing to help you find that perfect something! Find everything from clothing, jewelry, art, outdoors equipment, gifts and tons of island themed wares on the island.

With so many options for shopping on and around Anna Maria Island, we have put together our Top 10 Guide to Shopping on and around Anna Maria Island.

1. Shopping on and around

Holmes Beach Publix
Publix Grocery Store on Holmes Beach

Maybe you are just looking for groceries, house hold items or a pharmacy. Anna Maria Island offers all the basics; however, if you are looking for a larger big box retailer you will have to go off island. Bradenton is the city located just inland, and offers all the big box and chain retailers you are accustomed to.

2. Must Shop

Olive oil outpost anna maria
The Olive Oil outpost is located on Pine Avenue.

The locals will tell you there are just some spots on Anna Maria Island you MUST visit during your stay. An eclectic list of specialty shops, check out these 10 awesome spots across the island.

3. Shop ’til you drop

West Coast Surf Shop
West Coast Surf Shop is located just south of the Manatee Avenue Public Beach.

Arrive at opening and leave at closing, there are some fabulous spots for you! From the Island Real Estate team Reservations Manager, Carol has personally hand picked 9 places for you to shop ’til you drop!

4. Souvenirs

Sand Dollar Boutique
Sand Dollar is located in the Holmes Beach Plaza.

There are tons of places to buy Anna Maria Island souvenirs and memorabilia. Finding that one special thing to remember your trip by is important, and with so many options you can’t possibly just pick one! From tacky to classy, and everything in between, you will definitely find the perfect little something for yourself.

5. Boutiques

Pink and Navy Boutique
Pink & Navy Boutique is on Pine Avenue

There are several really adorable little boutiques on Anna Maria Island that we just think you will love. First, you’ll Pink&Navy, Bella By the Sea and Shiny Fish Emporium in the city of Anna Maria. Then last, head south to Bradenton Beach to visit Back Alley and all the fun little places on Historic Bridge Street.

6. Farmers Markets

Bradenton Farmers Market
Bradenton Farmers Market located on Old Main Street in downtown.

There are fabulous Farmers Markets located near Anna Maria Island. Visiting in the late summer months markets you will also enjoy Anna Maria Island off season without the busy spring crowd.

7. Jewelry

The Hive Creations
The Hive is located on Bridge Street

Finding the perfect piece of Anna Maria Island jewelry is a fabulous way to spend your time shopping. We have put together a list of Top 5 Jewelry shops on Anna Maria Island.

8. Shopping in Sarasota

Main Street in Sarasota
Sarasota Main Street

To find high end boutiques, and luxury shopping take a trip into Sarasota. A beautiful city with tons of outdoor sculptures, a fabulous downtown and amazing restaurants, Sarasota is about 30 minutes south of Anna Maria Island. We suggest driving south along Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key for a gorgeous scenic trip.

9. Ellenton Outlet Mall

Outlet mall in ellenton
Ellenton Outlet Mall

The Ellenton outlet Mall is a great outdoor mall offering just about all the department stores and chain shops you love. Don’t let the term outlet detour you, Ellenton is a very accommodating and lovely shopping experience. Ellenton is about a 30 minute drive east from Anna Maria Island.

10. Lakewood Ranch Shopping

Main Street
Lakewood Ranch Main Street

A new and upcoming area, Lakewood Ranch offers a quaint little shopping district on their Main Street. With great little shops, restaurants and a movie theater, Lakewood Ranch is about a 45 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.

We hope you enjoy shopping on Anna Maria Island just as much as we know you’ll love the beach. Get your wallet ready and enjoy a little vacation retail therapy like an Island Local!

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Anna Maria Shopping

Two Sides of Nature Has Three locations On Anna Maria Island

Two Sides of Nature is as close as a franchise that Anna Maria Island has ever seen.  With six locations and three being on Anna Maria Island it still has a great small town feel.  They also have a location on Longboat Key.

Two Sides of Nature pride themselves as being the premier Southwest Florida shop for 100% cotton colorful clothing and sportswear.  They offer high quality T-shirts as well.  Great quality logos such as Life is good and old guys rule, Two Sides offers great colorful apparel.  Two Sides of Nature also has a great selection of baseball caps as well as a few unique hats.

Looking for some beachy nick nacks?  Two Sides has some of that as well.  Regardless of where you are visiting on Anna Maria Island there is a Two Sides of Nature within 3 miles from you.  Whether it be the Anna Maria City shop or the two located in Bradenton Beach on Bridge Street stop by and pick up a great T-shirt for your mom, dad, pet sitter, or treat yourself to a peruvian cotton T-shirt.

I almost forgot the best part of all about visiting Two Sides of Nature in Anna Maria City.  Two Scoops ice cream is right next door to the Anna Maria City location.  So, do some shopping and then head over to Two scoops for some great ice cream and then take a walk across the street to the public pier.  Walk the Anna Maria City pier while enjoying your ice cream and see what fish are biting.

Anna Maria City, Fl

Bayview Plaza
101 South Bay Blvd
(941) 779-2432

Bradenton Beach, Fl

119 Bridge Street
(941) 779-1237

Bradenton Beach, Florida

108 Bridge Street
(941) 779-1238

Longboat Key, FL

5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive
(941) 387-1762

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Sand Dollar Gift Jewelery Clothing Shop Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

The Sand Dollar Gift Shop is one of Anna Maria Island’s finest for its ambiance and style.  When you take your first step into the store you are instantly surrounded by the great smells of exotic scented candles and stones for the home.

As you begin to look around you will start to notice all of the wonderful sand and beach inspired decor for the home as well as a great selection of jewelry.  The clothing and shoes are always up to date and stylish.  But most of all you will be taken back by the charm, friendliness of the staff, and most of all, the affordability.

The Sand Dollar Gift Shop is a definite must see while either visiting or vacationing on Anna Maria Island.  The Sand Dollar is also a must visit if shopping for unique gifts. You can find something for those at home or those here in Florida.  The gift shop is located in the city of Holmes beach.

Sand Dollar Gift Shop

5302 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-2024